A little about the SBA Blog
The Strengthening Brand America blog category is to be a forum where economic development professionals and marketing professionals can share their experience with and thoughts on place branding so as a community we have a better appreciation for how to successfully apply the principles for job growth and economic prosperity.
The From the CEO category is to be a forum where I can share thoughts on successful reapplication of private sector product and corporate branding principles in place branding.
Governance is not management. Governance provides guidelines for management. Photo by Tim Graf on Unsplash I was recently asked for thoughts on what makes Boards successful. This is a challenging subject, although there is literature exploring the question. To respond, I reflected on my time as Board Chair of an not-for-profit NGO and subsequently the […]
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about. Quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash One thing I have observed is the increasing reliance on text messages and emails is driving a decline in actually creating well thought through documents. I may be “old school”, but I believe […]
Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. Have you ever been giving a presentation in a meeting and froze up when Management asked you a penetrating question (or maybe a question you really didn’t understand)? It happens to everyone. But, people who master how to answer questions effectively tend to be the […]
Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye. Quote attributed to Dorothy Parker Creativity is hard to define and even harder to manage. Often when we think of creativity we think of people like artists, musicians, poets, designers and playwrights. They all seem to have a magic spark that allows them to transform the […]
Doing Things Is Not The Same As Getting Things Done Quote attributed to Jared Silver The key difference between capability and performance is application. There area lot of capable people, but unless they apply their skills to actually achieve results their performance will be underwhelming. Nothing is more frustrating to an Organization than a highly […]
Be so good they can’t ignore you. Quote attributed to Steve Martin Ambition is definitely a two edged sword. When I was a manager, I always looked for ambition in my direct reports. I wanted to see a thirst for knowledge and a desire for increased responsibility. But, I also looked for the ability to […]
The American Dream is personal, not public or institutional, in its execution. Attributed to Michael F. Ford It is frustrating to read articles in which the author misrepresents the American Dream. It is equally frustrating to listen to politicians who refer to the American Dream in speeches, but have no clue what it really is. […]
With so much diversity, we have to bond to a common sense of what we’re trying to achieve. You have to understand what the common enterprise is. You have to understand what the common aspiration is. And I think we’ve lost sight of it. Condoleezza Rice PBS has just released a new production entitled […]
“The American Dream is inextricably bound to America’s ideals of freedom, equality, justice, and opportunity for all Americans. … The American Dream is part of our soul. Without it, America will lose its vitality.” attributed to Roger Fortin (professor Xavier University) I have been working for a number of years to increase awareness of Xavier […]
The role of a great leader is not to give greatness to human beings, but to help them extract the greatness they already have inside them. Quote attributed to J. Buchan I have been a fan of the servant leader paradigm since my initial exposure to Stephen Covey early in my career. Stephen came with […]